ALBANY, N.Y. - The Humane Society of the United States has increased the reward to $7,000 thanks to community donations for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the torture and abandonment of three pit bull-type puppies left apparently nailed to a section of railway tracks in Albany this past weekend.
The reward was discussed during a press conference held Friday morning by the Humane Society and Albany County District Attorney's Office. $2,500 was initially offered by the Humane Society, but numerous reward offers from the community raised the total reward offered to about $7,000.
Last Saturday three 3-week-old puppies were found on railroad tracks in Albany suffering from deliberate injuries to their back left paws.
The paw on one puppy had been cut off, the paw on the second puppy was missing two toes, and the paw on the third puppy was found with a gaping hole in it, perhaps from an attempt to place a nail through it. The third puppy, a girl, died from his wounds earlier this week.
It appeared that the dogs had been abandoned for up to two days without food or water.
"Only a depraved and hateful individual would commit such a heinous act of animal abuse," said Brian Shapiro, The HSUS' New York state director. "We are hopeful that this reward helps find the parties responsible for mutilating these innocent puppies."
Soares tells NEWS10 the crime does rise to the level of a felony.
The surviving puppies, one boy and one girl, are now recovering at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands.
Brad Shear of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society tells NEWS10 the two surviving puppies were assessed by a veterinarian again Thursday. Shear says the puppy who is missing a paw may be a candidate for a new kind of prosthetic device. He says the other puppy with the crushed toes will not have them amputated. Instead, the vet wants to wait and see how the puppy does over time.
The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is investigating the case with assistance from the Albany County District Attorney's Office. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call them at (518) 434-8128.